Your path to local funeral resources

from funeral directors to florists and caterers to venues see what’s available in your area.

arranging a funeral

Questions to ask

It can be difficult to remember everything that you need to ask at a time when you are coping with the loss of a loved one and you may be upset and confused, so here are some checklists that may be useful when speaking abouth the funeral with various people, in person or on the phone.

These questions don’t cover everything but you should find them a useful starting point!

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Questions to ask a funeral director

  • Where is the register office to register the death?
  • When is the register office open and do I need an appointment?
  • What crematoria, cemeteries or natural burial sites are in the area where the funeral could be held? (You can also see these on funeralmap)
  • What times are available for the funeral?
  • How long can the actual funeral ceremony be?
  • Is a longer time available if wanted?
  • Are Saturdays or Sundays available (if so, any additional cost)?
  • What do they advise on embalming?
  • When can the person be viewed and where?
  • What types of transport can they offer?
  • What choice of coffins are available?    (Coffins are now available in traditional wooden styles, with photographs and pictures coating them, in wicker, bamboo, wool, cardboard, willow and wood pulp)
  • Which of the following services can they provide?
    • Newspaper obituary
    • Ordering flowers for the funeral
    • Orders of ceremony for the funeral
  • Can they organise any funeral donations?
  • What are the choices for what happens to the flowers after the funeral?
  • Can they recommend and give details of ministers or celebrants who could conduct the funeral?
  • Can family members/friends carry the coffin? If so will they receive instruction on the day?
  • What are the costs of the funeral and how are they broken down?
  • Can they collect the ashes for you afterwards?
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Questions to ask a Minister or Celebrant about the funeral ceremony

  • Ask a celebrant if they belong to any ‘professional association’.
  • Can they visit you at home?
  • Roughly how long will the interview take?
  • Will they send you what they have written for you to check it beforehand?
  • How can any changes be made to the ceremony?
  • Will they be able to advise on music and poetry?
  • Are they paid by the funeral director or directly?
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Questions to ask Crematorium, Cemetery or Natural Burial Site staff about the funeral

Crematorium

  • Is public transport available?
  • When can the ashes be collected?
  • What facilities are there for scattering or burying ashes at the crematorium?
  • Is there a book of remembrance?
  • When are the grounds open?

Natural burial sites/Cemeteries

  • What is the future of the site in terms of planned tree planting etc?
  • What Is the environmental policy for the site?
  • Does the site only accept coffins that are biodegradable?
  • What are the terms of purchase for the burial plot?
  • Is there a building of any sort for a funeral ceremony to be held?
  • Is the site accessible at all times? If not when is it open?

General questions

  • Is it possible to come and see the funeral location beforehand, if so, can someone meet you there?
  • Is there plenty of car parking for mourners?
  • How long can the funeral ceremony last?

Your path to local funeral resources starts here, browse by category.

Funeral Directors

Find a Funeral Director in your local area. There are some 4000 in the UK.

Natural Burial Grounds

Discover Natural Burial Grounds in beauty spots,  where burials can take place.

Coffin and Casket Suppliers

Discover the options available to you for coffin and caskets.

Probate Services

Find specialist probate practicioners in your local area.

Celebrants

If a religious minister is not required, find a celebrant in your local area.

Cemetries

There are around 14,000 cemeteries in the UK. Find one in your local area.

Bereavment Support

Bereavement Support is available throughout the UK find local support.

Venues for Wakes

Discover a range of suitable venues to hold the wake in your area.

Crematoria

Find a crematorium in your local area, we have thousands to choose from.

Florists & Memorial Care

Find the best flowers and flower arrangements for the day.

Register Offices

Need to register a death? Find your nearest Register Office here.

Where to Stay

Find hotels, bed & breakfast and other accomodation near the venue.

Our map contains listings of the organisations and services which are here to help you in your funeral plans.

The map enables you to search for the funeral services you require in your desired area, and see their exact location. The online map makes it easy to share information with family and friends.

We understand that, for many people, attending a funeral is also very difficult - there are often many questions to ask about funeral etiquette, particularly if you have never before been to a funeral. Our section 'Attending a Funeral' is a handy guide through some of the range of frequently asked questions relating to going to a funeral.

There is also a useful list of funeral services and organisations providing bereavement support, relevant charities and funeral language to help you understand the various terms associated with planning a funeral service.

If you provide any services in relation to funerals and would like to be included on the map, further information can be found here.

Funeral Choices

Decisions such as whether there should be a cremation or burial, the type of funeral ceremony, flowers, music and poetry for the ceremony, how to find an undertaker or funeral director and someone to lead the ceremony; all of these will be key as to how the day goes and we want to take the stress out of planning a funeral service.

funeral choices
cremation or burial

Cremation or burial?

The person who has died may have made it clear whether they preferred burial or cremation for their funeral.

funeral ceremony

What type of funeral ceremony?

Decide how much involvement you want to have in the funeral ceremony. There are various things to consider.

choosing funeral music

Choosing music

Music is incredibly emotive at funerals. The right music can reflect exactly the sentiment that you want to portray.

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Coffins and caskets

The choice of coffin can be bewildering, we explain in detail the various options for the type of burial proposed.

funeral donations

Donations at funerals

Funeral donations can be made in several ways. Funeral directors will assist in organising the collections.

funeral poems

Choosing poetry and readings

Like music, poetry and readings delivered at a funeral can really add to the ceremony.

funeral cars

Choosing a funeral director

You need to be comfortable with the funeral director that you choose as you are putting your trust in them.

choosing flowers

Choosing flowers

Flowers have been part of funerals throughout history, decide what you feel is right for the funeral.

funeral transport

Funeral transport

The coffin is usually taken to the funeral location in a procession of vehicles known as a cortege.

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